As a music student in the 1970s, Garry became fascinated by ancient scales that could not be played on modern instruments, so he decided to build a metallophone (a xylophone-like instrument with metal bars pictured at left) on which he could play the ancient scale of Olympos, a Greek flute player from the 7th century B.C.. Being an ecologically minded recent college graduate on a tight budget, Garry found the materials for his metallophone at a landfill — it was made from the aluminum tubes of a discarded lawn chair! Garry’s metallophone experiment was so successful, he had the idea to cut and tune aluminum tubes to create windchimes, and Woodstock Chimes was born!
Gary and Diane started Woodstock Percussion, Inc. in 1979. They are a family-owned business located in New York's beautiful Hudson Valley. In addition to being the founder and owner of Woodstock Chimes, he is a professional musician. He tours and records with the world-renowned percussion group, NEXUS, as well as with Steve Reich. His background in music explains his strong commitment to fine tuning and great sound—which is what makes their products appealing to everyone and unique to the gift industry.
Woodstock Chimes offers a unique variety of high quality, affordable musical gifts from around the world that inspire, entertain and bring pleasure to people of all ages.